Junior pay rates

Annual Wage Review – 1 September 2021 changes

From 1 September 2021, minimum wages in the Retail Award are increasing. Updated minimum rates are now available in our pay tools. See our Annual Wage Review 2021 page for more information.

Modern Award Review – Junior rates under the Retail Award

The Fair Work Commission has issued a decision that changes the way juniors are paid under the Retail Award. From the first full pay period on or after 1 May 2021, junior rates will only apply for classification levels 1, 2 and 3.

Use our Pay guides or Pay and Conditions Tool to find the new rates and allowances.

We have updated this page to reflect these changes.

A junior is an employee under 21 years of age. Use our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate junior pay rates.

Juniors get paid a percentage of the relevant adult pay rate unless the award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement doesn't have junior rates.

The percentages that apply are usually based on the employee’s age and increase on their next birthday. 

Example: Junior pay rate increases

Carly is 17 years old and works in a shop. She’s entitled to 60% of the adult pay rate under her award. She turns 18 on 22 March. From 22 March she’s entitled to 70% of the adult pay rate. 

Find information about junior pay rates in your award by selecting from the list below.

Manufacturing Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010].

Juniors get paid a percentage of the relevant adult pay rate in the Manufacturing Award.

A trade qualified junior is paid the adult pay rate for trade qualified employees.

A junior who is undertaking the following work is also paid the adult pay rate:

  • angle iron cropping where the material weighs more than 5.2 kg per metre and is not clamped
  • assisting a steel furnace ladle operator other than in daubing or repairing ladles
  • assisting a storeperson racking and/or loading and/or unloading off vehicles, heavy steel plates, bars or sections
  • breaking up pig iron
  • carrying material to or from a cupola forge or electric steel furnace or using the slicer or hanging on to the end of a bloom, except in the case of a junior moulder
  • cutting out and punching rivets or plates
  • cutting plates by means of a hammer and cold set
  • plate edge planners in structural steel or ship building yards where the operator travels on the machine
  • punching machines handling plates of a mass more than 38 kg, or
  • shearing machines, other than guillotine plate shearers, handling plates of a mass of more than 38 kg.

Use our Pay Calculator to calculate junior pay rates and trade qualified junior pay rates.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Manufacturing Award summary.

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